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School of Technology


The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

The University's core values are freedom of thought and expression, and freedom from discrimination.

Several policies and working methods, relating to research standards and compliance, support excellence in research and a positive research culture and are key considerations during the development of research.

Separate to Research Culture, but of particular importance to research within Technology Departments, is compliance with UK Export Control Law.

Information to help communicate on funding applications how the University maintains a positive Research Culture can be accessed on the Research Support Resources Site.



Research Integrity

The University of Cambridge is committed to achieving excellence in research and scholarship. The University’s Research Integrity pages provide guidance on University policies addressing issues of research integrity, research ethics and good research practice.

The pursuit of excellent research and the fulfilment of our responsibilities to participants in research, research users and the wider community require the maintenance of the highest standards of integrity and ethics.

For further details please access the University’s Research Integrity Statement and UUK Research Integrity information and the concordat to support research integrity

Open Access

Open Access to research publications involves making them freely available online rather than charging readers to read and use them. Open Access to research data makes data more widely available for re-use by others to support research, innovation and wider public use.

Most major funders now have a mandate for outputs to be made open access; more information can be found in funders’ policies and the UKRI Concordat on Open Research.

The REF Open Access Policy requires certain outputs (journal articles and conference proceedings published with an ISSN) to be made open access, in order to be eligible for submission including REF2021 submissions.

University Open Access Publications Policy

The University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), a set of recommendations that encourage universities, researchers and others to assess research on its own merits rather than on the basis of the journal in which the research was published and highlights the need to capitalise on the opportunities provided by online publication.

The University’s operates an Open Access advice site. If you upload your manuscript, you will be advised on your options.

The University has an institutional repository Apollo that acts as a primary focus of providing open access to the University’s Open Access publications.

Data Management

There is an increasing emphasis on managing and sharing data produced in research. Many of the research funders supporting work at the University of Cambridge require that research data are openly available with as few restrictions as possible. 

The University Data Management website guides researchers through various aspects of research data planning and management and will provide assistance in meeting funders’ expectations.

Symplectic Elements is the University's research information system, used to collect information about the scholarly activities and outputs of Cambridge's authors, and make the data available for repurpose and reuse, for example, for depositing open access publications in Apollo, and managing the University's REF submission.

Responsible Research and Innovation

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) considers scientific research and technological development processes that take into account the broader effects and potential impacts on the environment and society through proactive and preventative wider engagement at an early stage to foster inclusive and sustainable research.

RRI differs from ethical approval as ethics has more of a focus on the products of research, which can be ethically approved and supported by researchers and stakeholders, but may not gain wider public acceptance.

The EPSRC offers guidance regarding Responsible Research and Innovation and its Framework for Responsible Innovation.

Details as to Responsible Research and Innovation training for the Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) can be accessed here

The School has hosted a Masterclass on RRI which can be accessed here

Export Control

When developing a grant proposal involving scientific and technical research for an overseas funder, particularly a commercial entity based overseas, then Export Control (legislation designed to control the export of military and dual-use technology) needs to be considered. Your Departmental Grants Funding team will be able to assist with any mandatory checks that need to be completed prior to submission of any funding proposal.

The University of Cambridge is committed to complying with UK Export Control law. As such, the University has adopted an Export Control Policy and developed a set of centrally managed Export Control webpages to help researchers fulfil their obligations under UK law.

Who is most likely to be affected?

In the academic context, export controls are most likely to apply in relation to scientific and technical research with overseas funders, with potential military or WMD applications.

On rare occasions remote teaching (primarily at a post-graduate level) may be subject to UK Export Control law. University guidance has been prepared to support those running postgraduate teaching programmes remotely to ensure that any requirement to comply with export control law is identified and complied with.